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Best Quotes About Character

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A list of the best character quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous character quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic character quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about character?" and "What are inspirational character quotes?"

This list includes notable character quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest character quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite character sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. Bernard Baruch

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    new! The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou

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    Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle

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    Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

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    You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. Les Brown

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    Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle

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    Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. Thomas Aquinas

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    It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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    Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou Akhenaten

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    Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it. Akhenaten

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    The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius

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    When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius

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    It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. Aeschylus

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    No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. Quentin Crisp

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    Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. Benjamin Disraeli

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    Character is to man what carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill

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    Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested. Oswald Chambers

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    Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle

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    It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Jean de La Bruyère

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

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    All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ. Christian Nevell Bovee

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    Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace. Gautama Buddha

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    As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. -- Proverbs 23:7

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    A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow. Henry Ward Beecher

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold. Euripides

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    The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

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    You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James Anthony Froude

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    A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Human improvement is from within outward. James Anthony Froude

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    Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character Stephen Covey

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    You must look into people, as well as at them.

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    To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things Confucius

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    As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved. Cicero

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    Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. Winston Churchill

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    Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

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    Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.

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    Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. William Ellery Channing

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    Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character. Horace

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    Man's character is his fate. Heraclitus

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    To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. Katharine Hepburn

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    Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Elbert Hubbard

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    For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations? George Eliot

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    Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. David Hume

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    It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. Stephen Covey

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